Natural and Human Agencies Drive African Savanna Ecosystems

Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 4:30 pm

African national parks have served as templates for theoretical models of naturally functioning ecosystems and in conserving wildlife assemblages. Overlooked has been the co-evolutionary role humans played in shaping Pleistocene ecosystems and the dominant role of pastoralism in restructuring Holocene landscapes. Comparative studies of protected and non-protected areas used to infer human activity fail to capture the cascading effects of segregating inter-linked human and wildlife ecology.

A continuous 50-year study of the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya reveals the coupled migratory systems of wildlife and traditional pastoral economies prior to development, the changing role of natural and human agencies in recent decades, and the implications for ecology, evolution and biodiversity conservation.

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Guyot 10
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